Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.
In France, meanwhile, children prepare for Christmas by leaving their shoes by the hearth so Pere Noel, or Father Christmas, will fill them with gifts.
The site contains 36 monuments; remains of medieval Ethiopian culture dating from the 12th to 14th centuries and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Cultural Landscape).
The most important Ethiopian engraving site is Sheppe in the Rift Valley near Lake Awasa.
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The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna. Most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. In a celebration that takes place several days later, the priests will dress in turbans and red and white robes as they carry beautifully embroidered fringed umbrellas.Around the time of Ganna, the men and boys play a game that is also called ganna.It is somewhat like hockey, played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball.The churches in Ethiopia echo the shape of the houses.In many parts of the country there are ancient churches carved out of solid volcanic rock.